Category Archives: Photography

People, Aperture, Exposure and ISO

At todays meeting members displayed another great crop of photographs on the subject of People. It was interesting to see a number of photographs taken on mobile phones and compact cameras, providing evidence again that you don’t have to be using heavy metal to take good shots.

The skills session was on the available exposure modes – Fully Auto, Programme, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual. We discussed what the modes meant, and when you might want to use them.

Notes relating to this skills session (and many other topics) can be found on our More about Photography page.


Photography Group’s annual competition

At its pre-Christmas meeting in addition to mince pies and other festive goodies the Photography group held its annual competition. We were pleased to welcome John Minter, who is on the regional committee of the Royal Photographic Society, back as judge again this year. John provided some very useful comments on what was good and what could be improved on the photographs, as well as insights into what judges are looking for. Continue reading Photography Group’s annual competition


Kop Hill Photography

Once again our U3A Photography Group, with the addition of a couple of friends, has raised over £1000 for local charities, we challenge any other Group to beat us, over £4000 in three years. How? We took over 1000 photographs during the Kop Hill Climb, at least 4 of every entrant and allowed Princes Risborough Rotary to sell them. We think we have a right to be proud!


“Where’s Wenda?” Wins

The Peter Dixon/Tony Roberson stranglehold on the Photography Group’s Annual competition was broken this year when it was won by Tim Addison with Tony Roberson and Tony Hennel close behind.

John Minter presenting Tim Addison with the Photography Group’s Cup

The rules of the competition are that up to 3 prints can be submitted of any subject. They must have been taken this year and can be any shape but the minimum dimension is 8” (so 8” x 10” is OK, but  8” x 6” is NOT OK). The prints must be mounted on suitable board/card and can be double mounted to create a frame or window around the print.  Editing is allowed without limit but if one image is pasted into another image both must be originals.

John Minter discussing Tony Roberson’s entry

We were delighted to have John Minter, an experienced photographer and independent of the U3A, as the judge.  John had inciteful comments and helpful things to say about all the entries. Well done to all who entered.

“Where’s Wenda” – Tim Addison.
Runner up – Tony Roberson
Third place – Tony Hennel


After the cup was presented the group shared seasonal refreshments.


Photographic Presentations

At our Group meeting members showed digital presentations using Picasa and Powerpoint to illustrate the various uses of slide-shows. These included educational – ‘What to do with Photographs’, selling – a Wedding presentation, themed subjects – ‘Springtime’ and holiday memories from Spain and Italy. Unfortunately we can’t include them here – some need you to download them and then run them on PowerPoint for example.

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